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I was watching a video on one of the portable amps designed for use with mobile devices, the guy said on an Apple, rather than feeding the headphone Out into it, you can get a connector that uses the proprietary apple socket to feed the amp and that this bypasses the not so good amp in the Apple so you start with a cleaner signal.

That's what I do. If I want to listen to some music at night while falling asleep I plug my old ipod classic into one of those base chargers and take the out of that into this:

Not a dedicated headphone amp but an old B & O Beomaster 6000 stereo. Sounds pretty well for low level listening and looks cool too.  8)

I use to use ASIO on my mac back in the 90s. It was developed by Steinberg software for their products. But that was back in the OS9 and before days. With OSX you no longer need ASIO. I don't use Cubase anymore but I don't think Steinberg even offers ASIO anymore on the Mac since Core Audio does everything so much better. And yes it is way better then ASIO was when I used it.

I also use iTunes for the reasons given by many others. Most of my CD collection is in iTunes now.

Another alternative on the Mac is Amarra from Sonic Studios. They offer their own player but also a plugin for iTunes that is suppose to make iTunes sound better. It's also not free, it costs $50 for the plugin and a lot more for their player! You can find more info and a 15 day demo here:

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Music + Copyright
« on: January 04, 2014, 04:40:31 PM »
1: If you use a sample from an already existing work then you credit & COMPENSATE the creator and the source

I think you need to go a step beyond this, please ask first.  ;D  Don't just assume that someone will let you use their art anyway you feel fit, it doesn't work like that.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Binaural Recordings?
« on: December 28, 2013, 04:53:51 PM »
I've found using a binaural recording of something like rain or a storm for example, gives a great spatial element to a track. Binaural recordings I'd say are
perhaps more suited to field recordings.

Are you recording these field recordings binaurally or are you processing them later? I have tons of field recordings that I use in my music but none of it was recording binaurally, I don't have that kind of equipment. I'll give your recordings a listen later, thanks for the demo.

I've been looking at the software in Logic a bit more, reading up on it. I might play around with it later next week and see how it goes, if I can come up with anything interesting.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Binaural Recordings?
« on: December 28, 2013, 10:10:49 AM »
I like Binaural  recordings but why not do the same of the original mix also ?
it works in speakers too the effect..even though not in the same way.

First off it doesn't work very well using speakers from my experience, the 3D image gets lost and then their are usually extra phasing issues. Second the regular mix is done, in the can, ready to go, this was an after thought. I'm not going to toss out the regular mix and spend weeks trying to get a binaural mix to work well with speakers too especially since I am not sure their is much interest in this which is why I am here asking this question.

What software do you use ?

Logic Studio, it has binaural plugins included in the software.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Binaural Recordings?
« on: December 27, 2013, 10:02:51 PM »
How long would it take you to do these binaural mixes?

Good question, the answer is I don't know. I've never done this before so my guess would be at least a couple of days. The mix would most likely be the same or very similar, most of the time would be spent learning the binaural software and messing around with it to get interesting results.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Binaural Recordings?
« on: December 27, 2013, 09:14:13 PM »
That's why I am asking, to see if its worth the while to even do this. If only one or two people are interested then I probably won't bother. Just to be clear what I am asking about is would anyone be interested in a special headphones required mix, a binaural version of the album that will sound more 3D then a regular stereo mix? I'm trying to see if their is enough interest to make the effort to go back and do this. Of course if I do this both versions of the album will be available, the binaural version would only be a download while the CD would be the normal stereo mix. It might be possible that if you bought the CD that you would receive a code to download the binaural mix.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Binaural Recordings?
« on: December 27, 2013, 05:02:39 PM »
I am looking for some feedback on this issue so, this is a question to everyone out there. I just finished mixing my next album with Mark Seelig which is going to be called Tree of Life. A friend came over the other day and we got to talking about surround sound music (my friend's specialty). He told me he started mixing his stuff down to binaural stereo mixes for headphone listening, so people could enjoy his surround sound music on their ipods or mp3 players. We discovered that I actually already have in my music software the ability to make such recordings without having to do a surround sound mix. So my question is would anyone be interested in this? It would be a separate mix that you could download, but would not be available on the CD, and it would require headphone listening since binaural audio doesn't translate as well to speakers. Please let me know if this does or doesn't appeal to you. Thanks in advance.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Buchla Music Easel Ships
« on: December 21, 2013, 01:26:10 AM »
Wow.  Almost looks more to me like a Serge than a Buchla.  I interviewed Morton Subotnick in the 70s and the Buchla he was using then looked more metallic and darker than this (though I remember him being credited on his albums as playing an Electronic Music Box, so I'm now confused).

I'm not an expert on the Buchla stuff, but from my understanding the Electronic Music Box was Don's 200 system while it was being sold through CBS. This box we are talking about here was the portable performance version call the Music Easel, basically his version of the Mini Moog. I think its based on three different 200 modules. I think Mort has probably played just about everything Don has made, he now uses a Buchla 200e in live performance.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Buchla Music Easel Ships
« on: December 21, 2013, 01:18:21 AM »
I posted this last week on facebook, I was up at Noise Bug and this guy came in to pick up his brand new Music Easel, one of the first the store has recieved. Here are a couple pictures I took of it as he was opening it up for the first time:

They go for about $3800, you have to put 2 grand up front, non refundable deposit to get one.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: ???
« on: December 20, 2013, 12:36:42 AM »
Exactly, its not being sold as a musician's tool, something to put in your mix. More like a CD that you can customize the mix for your own enjoyment.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: ???
« on: December 19, 2013, 02:17:00 PM »
The Immersion Station was first shown at Soundquest Fest, they are on their 3rd version now. I've never used it because I've never had an iphone up till a week ago, but lots of people have bought it from what I understand.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Vangelis
« on: December 16, 2013, 01:05:15 AM »
Anyone know what instrument he is play?

From what I have read it is call the Direct system, and it is a custom made preset selector, transposer, and midi sequencer for controlling his numerous hardware synths, mostly old 90s digital synths and samplers. The symbols are his "figure coding" that he has used for years, dating back to the 70s to represent different sounds. The Direct system was based on and expanded upon the old 80s Zyklus sequencer which has become a bit of a legion of its time as an interesting real time performance midi sequencer. Very few were made and they are hard to come by, but their is a free software version on the web.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach and Loren Nerell
« on: December 16, 2013, 12:40:56 AM »
Thanks for the complement. I would love to do another project with Steve, its really up to him if/when he wants to do it. Speaking of collaborations Steve has a new album that he did with Kelly David coming out soon. My next release is an album that I did with Mark Seelig, not the deep ambient album you requested though. It will probably be out this summer.


Oh, I fully expect to use it in the future, but the feature I need most isn't in there yet: outputting to broadcast tape.

Ok, I don't have to worry about that since I am not doing broadcast quality video. I am mostly doing archival videos of music performances. I usually burn a DVD and make an mp4 for archival purposes that will eventually be put on a server some where, whenever we figure out what we want to do.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: My Music Studio in Progress!!!
« on: December 06, 2013, 04:06:24 PM »
Nice stuff, lets see some pics of the studio put together now.  :)

I had no choice, I couldn't get FCP7 anymore. You might want to read this article, it might change your mind about X.

I have a Samsung DLP TV, something like this:

Its 56 inches and looks great. I bought it used a couple years ago and its going strong. They also need a lamp, mine is working fine so far. I can get a replacement for under $50 when it finally goes out.

I'm certainly interested to hear your thoughts on that since I use Macs for the same purpose. What software are you using (FCP or Premiere)?

Using FCP 10, still learning it. It's pretty slow on my old quadcore Mac Pro, but this is the fastest Mac we have in the building right now. I have no idea when we will be getting them, I just know that they are in the budget for this school year.

What does all Apple fans think about the new mac pro.
it is a disaster if you ask me, they have choosen form instead of function.

How can it be a disaster when it has not even been released yet? We are suppose to some in here at work for video editing. I will let everyone know what I think when we get them.

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